Research Specialist OR Research Specialist, Senior

Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist OR Research Specialist, Senior
Department Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (0413)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Applicants are invited to apply for a nighttime observer position with the Catalina Sky Survey, which searches for potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids using the telescope facilities at the Catalina and Mt. Lemmon stations north of Tucson. Applicants must be in good physical condition to operate at the observatory environment at 9,200 ft. elevation, and have a valid Arizona state drivers license. The position will be filled at the level of Research Specialist or Research Specialist, Senior, depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. For more information about the Catalina Sky Survey can be found at: https://catalina.lpl.arizona.edu

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Conduct asteroid survey and follow-up observations using the 0.7-m Catalina Schmidt, the 1.5-m and 1.0-m telescopes. *Observers are responsible for: the safe operation of the telescope, camera, and support computers; planning and conducting asteroid observations; efficient use of the available telescope time and software tools; timely reporting of results and archiving of the data.
  • Observers must be able to independently make decisions based upon weather and observing conditions, and be able to effectively troubleshoot and respond appropriately to hardware and software anomalies.
  • This position requires observers to accommodate an irregular and sometimes flexible work schedule. A typical workload consists of approximately 12 nights at the telescope per lunation (29.5 day lunar cycle), usually divided into 3-4 shifts. Observers typically work alone during scheduled nights, but the ability to work effectively with other team members is essential. Observers are expected to stay on-site at the observatory during assigned shifts. Attendance at a monthly team meeting is also required.
  • In addition, the successful candidate may also contribute to survey operations in one or more of the following ways: assist with the maintenance or design of the hardware, software, database, electronics, computers, or optics.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must have experience using telescopes, Linux OS computers and charge coupled device (CCD) detectors.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience or familiarity with one or more of the following: celestial coordinate systems, astronomical surveys, astronomical data reduction, orbital dynamics, asteroid populations, software development (C and Tcl), optical design, electronics, computer and/or database administration, or instrument commissioning.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field is desirable. Significant experience working in an observatory environment may substitute for academic experience.
  • Observers are expected to drive their own vehicles to the observatory sites; 4WD vehicles are necessary in the winter months. Mileage is compensated.
  • For the Research Specialist, Senior position:
    Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years related research experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24193
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Eric Christensen
eric@lpl.arizona.edu

Open Date 10/31/2017
Review Start Date 11/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://uacareers.com/postings/22896
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years of related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Will you have a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience using telescopes, Linux OS computers and charge coupled device (CCD) detectors?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents